Tuesday, 1 February 2011

NaBloPoMo: February 01th – A new month begins….

February has started and it’s cold, not only cold but bloody cold to be honest… but no matter, February is also the month that all the loony love birds fly off their perch….

You can tell February is also another month that annoys the hell out of me – too short, too freaking cold and  all this crazy love mist is floating about… 

Last year I put in a request to the people nearest and dearest to me..

A. at least a love note or two, at least one a week from the better half..

B. and some really expensive chocolate from everybody else to make up for all the wrongs that I know my other half and kids will get up to during this month…

What!!! – I said I get annoyed by the overload of loving that goes on in February, not that I am not smart enough to milk it for all it’s worth…  

Anyhow, I am carrying on with my Nablopomo for February and this months word is Character – they have even come up with a cute little avatar for people who take part to use..

I thought I would start off with the definition of the word. We use this word every day – but looking at the dictionary.com definition it is truly amazing how many ways it filters into our life - from personality to tech, it fits.

I have a few set topics already -  I hope you’ll join me while I chat about Characters with you, you never know - the horny cats in my back yard might just make a special appearance – they are really a set of characters all by themselves…

char·ac·ter

/ˈkærɪktər/

–noun

1. the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.

2. one such feature or trait; characteristic.

3. moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character.

4. qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully.

5. reputation: a stain on one's character.

6. good repute.

7. an account of the qualities or peculiarities of a person or thing.

8. a person, esp. with reference to behavior or personality: a suspicious character.

9. Informal . an odd, eccentric, or unusual person.

10.  a person represented in a drama, story, etc.

11. a part or role, as in a play or film.

12. a symbol as used in a writing system, as a letter of the alphabet.

13. the symbols of a writing system collectively.

14. a significant visual mark or symbol.

15. status or capacity: the character of a justice of the peace.

16. a written statement from an employer concerning the qualities of a former employee.

17. Literature . (esp. in 17th- and 18th-century England) a formal character sketch or descriptive analysis of a particular human virtue or vice as represented in a person or type. Compare character sketch.

18. Genetics . any trait, function, structure, or substance of an organism resulting from the effect of one or more genes as modified by the environment.

19. Computers .

a. any symbol, as a number, letter, punctuation mark, etc., that represents data and that, when encoded, is usable by a machine.

b. one of a set of basic symbols that singly or in a series of two or more represents data and, when encoded, is usable in a computer.

20. a style of writing or printing.

21. Roman Catholic Theology . the ineffaceable imprint received on the soul through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and ordination.

22. (formerly) a cipher or cipher message.

–adjective

23. Theater .

a. (of a part or role) representing a personality type, esp. by emphasizing distinctive traits, as language, mannerisms, physical makeup, etc.

b. (of an actor or actress) acting or specializing in such roles.

–verb (used with object) Archaic .

24. to portray; describe.

25. to engrave; inscribe.

—Idioms

26. in character,

a. in harmony with one's personal character or disposition: Such behavior is not in character for him.

b. in accordance with the role or personality assumed in a performance: an actor in character.

27. out of character,

a. out of harmony with one's personal character or disposition: Her remarks were out of character.

b. away from the role or personality assumed in a performance: The actor stepped out of character.

© Dictionary.com

 

 

I am doing NaBloPoMo this February. The theme this month is – Characters

People, experiences or even writing in character . . . It's a flexible theme, allowing you to blog about all sorts of things:

1 Speak To Me:

Amy C on 2 February 2011 at 11:34 said...

Looking forward to seeing some of your 'character' posts!

So ready for some good Spring weather around here!